Love Poems

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               INSTRUCTIONS--BY: Neil Gaiman

Touch the wooden gate in the wall you never see before

Say "please" before you open the latch

go through

walk down the path.

A red metal imp hangs from the

     green-painted front door,

as a knocker,

do not touch it; it will bite your fingers.

Walk through the house. Take nothing. Eat nothing.


if any creature tells you that it hungers,

feed it.

If it tells you that it is dirty,

clean it.

If it cries to you that it hurts,

if you can,

ease its pain

From the back garden you will be able to see the wild wood.

The deep well you walk past leads down to Winter's realm;

there is another land at the bottom of it.

If you turn around here,

you can walk back, safely;

you will lose no face. I will think no less of you.

There may be favors for you, if you are polite.

You may pick strawberries in December's frost.

Trust the wolves, but do not tell them

     where you are going.

The river can be crossed by the ferry.

     The ferryman will take you.

(The answer to his question is this:

If he hands the oar to his passenger, he

    will be free to leave the boat.

Only tell him this from a safe distance.)

If an eagle gives you a feather, keep it safe.

Remember:that giants sleep too soundly;that

witches are often betrayed by their appetites;

dragons have one soft spot, somewhere, always;

hearts can be well hidden,

and you betray them with your tongue.

Do not be jealous of your sister:

know that diamonds and roses

are as uncomfortable when they tumble

    from one's lips as toads and frogs:

colder, too, and sharper, as they cut.

Remember your name.

Do not lose hope---what you seek will be found.

Trust those that you have helped

   to help you in their turn.

Trust dreams.

trust your heart and trust your story.

When you come back, return the way you came.

Favors will be returned,debts be repaid.

Do not forget your manners.

Do not look back.

Ride the wise eagle(you shall not fall)

Ride the silver fish(you will not drown)

Ride the gray wolf(hold tightly to his fur.)


Author's Notes/Comments: 

Mr. Gaiman's instructions are not written in an easy manner, but with deep understanding we learn once more, the teachings of the wise, which we may have forgotten due to the folly of the unwise.

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